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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 15:41

Those pigeons...I'm worried that they might try and move in T'bird.... 

They don't seem to be giving each other piggybacks - but perhaps they're doing that when I'm at work....  

Glad you enjoyed the prog. The only issue with that show is that it's random. There can be 8 or 9 episodes, but they only show one - and it could be weeks or months when they show another. The sky pick up thing doesn't work with it either, so I just have to look through the schedules every so often. It's very annoying. Assynt/Torridon is generally reckoned to be the finest area for hills in Scotland...or anywhere else really. I know - I'm slightly biased  

Cheers for the little link - the people who do that footage put their videos on walkhighlands regularly too. Spectacular aren't they?  Wilkie Murray's photos are superb - he posts a lot of them on there too. He uses a drone and his shots from Beinn a Chrulaiste across to the Glencoe hills are terrific.  It takes some effort to lug all the stuff up there, never mind anything else!

Clematis cartmanii Pixie

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 15:26

If it's happy in the pot Angie - I'd keep it there. Perhaps you could have a few nice pots around it with complementary planting -  similar coloured bulbs for spring and then a few annuals or something for summer?

Meant to say - it looks very happy and healthy anyway  

Last edited: 21 April 2017 15:27:07

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 15:05

Those pigeons are out there again....I swear they're plotting something now.....  

BL - it was the good head of hair....and the big strong arms. Can't win 'em all  

Think they (Spanish b'bells)  were introduced here plantmaiden - by some well meaning person - just like grey squirrels. I might have got that wrong.  R***y nuisance. They'd better not try invading America. Mr Trumpton will be apoplectic....

Strange weather here  - can't make up it's mind whether to rain or be sunny. It does a bit of both then gives up. Might sow some more Spinach and take a look at the ickle tulips (Little Beauty) to see if they've opened yet. They're supposed to have a scent  

Clematis cartmanii Pixie

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 14:52

Hi Angie - it's one of the clems that doesn't climb - it's more of a herbaceous/scrambly type which you can grow through and alongside other shrubs. If you want it to go 'up' you'll need to provide a support and tie it in. Only problem is that it's now quite mature, and you'd have to prune it back and then guide and tie in any new growth in as it appears. Not sure how easy that would be. I did it with my alpina as it had been in a pot for a good while when I bought it. 

Could you place it somewhere that has other shrubs which flower through summer? You could plant it directly into the ground in front of them. Sheltered, sunnyish sight I'd think. Alternatively - somewhere that you can grow annual climbers or another clematis behind it. 


Posted: 21/04/2017 at 14:19

Perhaps I should rush to the patent office TyC   

The advantage of using those shelves is that they're strong enough, but  lightweight. I bent them round under the base and just wired them together. The front opens up - again, just wired onto the rest of it. Easy to get in and fill feeders.  Far better than those ones you buy - which are very expensive - and I find that starlings can still reach the feeders by sticking their heads in those. It'll be better once I do it properly, but it was one of those 'I need to do somehting quickly'  moments!  

Because it's on a fence, I attached a bracket to hang the feeders from, but you could simply rig something up for the feeders. 

I initially tried using two hanging baskets wired together, but some of the holes are too big.

Good luck with it - it certainly works a treat here 


Posted: 21/04/2017 at 08:11

It's a gradual process TyC - but so rewarding when you see a new bird arrive.

Either that - we need to get out more....

I used the old shelves frm one of those plastic growhouses for my cage. It wil lget a proper roof and a tidy up this summer, but it's very light,only attached to the fence with screw and hooks etc. The starlings tried to get in, but they really don't like it! They've only tried a couple of times and have given up. They were the worst offenders fro me. It's incredible just how much those little birds eat when they get the chance 

So I went to buy some solar lights.....

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 08:05

I have a yearning for those too rosemummy. I had them in a previous garden and they're beautiful. 

I'm getting some this autumn  

Hebe help

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 08:03

Some Hebes can die back if pruned too hard, and some don't recover from that. Do you mean large areas are fine, and it's only some areas that are brown? Has there been another shrub crowding them - that will cause brown , dead areas. 

When the flowers die off, it leaves little brown 'sprouts' - but that's on the stem ends. It's best to prune those off to keep the plant tidy. Is it just that? 

Too much wet at the roots isn't good either, so have they been waterlogged?

If you can upload a pic, that will help. Click the camera icon in the top right hand corner and follow the instructions.

Any other info you can offer will help too 

Black/Deep Purple Tomato Leaves

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 07:59

I'd agree - it's probably a bit of a chill - that's the  usual reason for that colour. They look quite big - so is it a case of going into a cold environment too quickly and they're suffering from it?

Have you put them outside? 

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 21/04/2017 at 07:56

Morning all/aftes Pat. Hope you're ok 

He looks familiar Liri ....oh no, it's ok - I left him a few years ago....

Does anyone else here think that a certain 'new' poster asking about herbs (constantly)  is someone who's been here before?  Just my thoughts....

Damp and windy here. Those two fat pigeons are out there - just waiting....they're always waiting.... looking and waiting.....

Friday - hurrah! 

Have a good day everyone, whatever you're doing 

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